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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Exploration'

Exploration Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    exploration n
  1. to travel for the purpose of discovery [syn: geographic expedition}]
  2. a careful systematic search
  3. a systematic consideration; "he called for a careful exploration of the consequences"
Exploration Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Exploration \Ex`plo*ra"tion\, n. [L. exploratio: cf. F. exploration.] The act of exploring, penetrating, or ranging over for purposes of discovery, especially of geographical discovery; examination; as, the exploration of unknown countries; (Med.) physical examination. ``An exploration of doctrine.'' --Bp. Hall.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Exploration'

Exploration is the act of searching or traveling around a terrain (including space, see space exploration) for the purpose of discovery of resources or information. Exploration occurs in all non-sessile animal species, including humans. In human history, its peak is arguably seen during the Age of Discovery for Europe's contact with the rest of the world, and Major explorations after the Age of Discovery for scientific exploration in the modern era.

The term may also be used metaphorically, for example persons may speak of exploring the internet, sexuality, etc. In scientific research, exploration is one of three purposes of empirical research (the other two being description and explanation). Exploration is the attempt to develop an initial, rough understanding of some phenomenon.

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